Announcing The Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition- $1,000 Prize for LA Area Jazz Musicians between 16 & 22 years old

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The Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition is an avenue for young jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area to create and collaborate with one another in an effort to expand upon the traditional concepts of jazz and improvisation. The competition gives young musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. The winning ensemble will be awarded a $1000 prize and will have the opportunity to perform a live set on Friday, September 25, 2015 at LACMA in a concert produced by the Angel City Jazz Festival. In addition UCSD Jazz Camp  will select one player from the finalists to receive a full scholarship to their 2016 Jazz Camp.

Four finalists will be announced on September 18, 2015. Selection emphasis for the four finalists will be placed on musicianship, composition, arranging skills, quality of improvised solos, group interaction, and uniqueness of sound.

The finalists will each perform a live set in front of a panel of judges on September 20, 2015, and the winner will be announced at the end of the event.

Timetable:

  • Artist Submissions: April 15 – September 15

  • Finalists Announced: September 18

  • Finalists Competition Concert: September 20

  • Competition Winner Concert: September 25

Competition Rules:

This competition is open to all high-school and college-aged student jazz ensembles in the greater Los Angeles Area. In order to qualify for the competition ensembles must:

  • be composed of musicians between the ages of 16 and 22 years old

  • have at least one member currently enrolled in a high school, college, music academy or university in the greater Los Angeles area

  • consist of between 3 and 10 members

  • compose, arrange and perform original music which features improvisation

  • be available to perform on Sunday, September 20th if selected as a finalist, and on Friday, September 25th at LACMA if selected as the winning ensemble

Submissions:

Interested artists must submit a package electronically between April 15, 2015 and September 15, 2015 by clicking the link below. Please enter the name of the ensemble in the title field of the submission form and include the following info in the cover letter:

  • the personnel performing on each submitted tune

  • a brief history of the ensemble

Also, please attach the following documents:

  • 3 tunes (mp3, mp4 or WAv)

  • 1 recommendation letter from a music instructor (pdf, doc, docx)

Submit Here

If you have any questions please send an email to:   info@angelcityjazz.com

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Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships Awarded at Musicians Institute for Spring 2015!

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We are extremely pleased to announce the ten recipients of the Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute for Spring 2015:

Brooke Brewer, Thokozile JR Dlamini, Kathleen Hostetler, Cody Matthew Johnson, Cheryce Knox, Jian Li, Ingmar Prinz, Leonard Goh Jia Shing, Line Sorensen, Weizhao Zhang.

The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at Musicians Institute.

One scholarship per currently enrolled MI student applicant (ten total) was awarded (based on a written essay submission) in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program, giving each awardee the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, the students will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

Everyone at MI congratulates the winners of this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime community partner, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students at Musicians Institute with the support, tools, recognition and professional development they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

B-MIC-Logo-Combined To learn more about the work of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, click HERE.

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Two New Scholarships Announced at Musicians Institute!

Right now, you’re probably asking “so, what’s new”? How about two BRAND NEW scholarships at Musicians Institute that are sponsored by ESP Guitars?

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We are very excited to announce the ESP Alex Skolnick Guitar Scholarship which was created to assist advanced and stylistically diverse guitarists who demonstrate outstanding musicianship (in any genre) with their educational development. Scholarship award is $1,500 tuition credit at MI.

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We’re equally excited to announce the Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship which was created to assist acoustic guitarists who demonstrate outstanding musicianship (in any genre) with their educational development. Scholarship award is $1,500 tuition credit at MI and a new Takamine guitar.

Thank you to our longtime industry partner ESP Guitars for your support of music education!!

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CAKEWALK SONAR-X1 SOFTWARE DONATED TO L.A.C.E.R. AFTERSCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM and Hollywood Arts Program for Homeless Youth!

Jeanine DiTomasso Artistic Director L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs

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The Musicians Foundation is extremely pleased to provide sixteen brand new boxes of SONAR-X1-Producer and Studio by Cakewalk (DAW software) to the students of L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program  (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation) and the Hollywood Arts Program@My Friend’s Place.

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The top-of-the-line music software was generously donated by Roland Corporation to The Musicians Foundation.  In turn, the software will now be in the hands of the talented students enrolled in L.A.C.E.R. and the Hollywood Arts Programs enabling them record and edit digital audio, utilize soft synths, MIDI sequencing and more with professional level quality.

The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program’s Mission is to provide underserved middle and high school youth with an arts and literacy based after-school program which includes visual art, music, dance, film, academic support, enrichment activities and a variety of sports in a safe and caring environment. 

My Friend’s Place mission: assist and inspire homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place has now partnered with Hollywood Arts to provide music, arts and entertainment industry education to Hollywood homeless youth.

Thank you to Roland Corporation for their support of music education and their exceptional partnership!

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Announcing the Grammy U Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute

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Grammy U Professional Development Scholarships at MI

We’re proud to announce of “first-of-its-kind” new scholarship opportunity at Musicians Institute that supports the professional development of ten currently enrolled students (Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program) at M by awarding ten memberships to GRAMMY U™!  We will be offering this opportunity every quarter (that’s 4x/annually) thru out 2015-2016.

(GRAMMY U™) — Is a program for college students pursuing music industry careers, created by the music community’s leading membership organization The Recording Academy®.  You get access to top industry pros, backstage/soundchecks, “Off the Record” conversations with A-list Grammy winners, industry mixers, and even the chance to attend the Grammy Awards as a “seat-filler”.

One scholarship per person (ten total) will be awarded in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program.  Each membership will be valid for FOUR years. GRAMMY U™ gives students the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, you will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

This is the entry level way to join The Recording Academy®, (“The Grammys”), and membership is good for four years; even after graduation!   

  • Deadline: Friday May 8th, 2015 – no later than 5pm

  • Applicants must submit a 250 word essay and application form (see complete information and instructions on link below):

CLICK HERE (or the following link) for application form:  http://mi.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/GU-PRO-DEV-for-ALL-PROGRAMS-CURRENT-STUDENTS-SP2015.pdf

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The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students enrolled in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at MI.

Ten Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 to students (US or non-US citizens) in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program who can clearly articulate their goals in the music industry as well as why they should be considered to become a member of GRAMMY U™.

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Executive Director Marlis Recently Appointed as Chair of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce– Japanese TV Interview

We’d like to share this clip from Japanese language TV of our Executive Director, (and VP at MI) Beth Marlis. Congratulations, and “Hooray for Hollywood”!

 

 

 

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Announcing the Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute!

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The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the first-ever Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute! The Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship was created by ESP Guitars as a result of an exciting newly-formed partnership between ESP and Takamine Guitars.   The scholarship is designed to assist acoustic guitarists who demonstrate outstanding musicianship with their educational development, and are newly enrolling Guitar Program students at MI for fall 2015 quarter.

The scholarship details and criteria are as follows:

  • The scholarship will be awarded in fall 2015 to a new student (US or non-US citizen) enrolling in the Guitar Program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship on an acoustic guitar in any genre.

  • The scholarship award of $1,500 will be applied as a tuition discount for the fall 2015 quarter, in addition to the award of a new Takamine guitar.

  • Deadline to apply is August 28, 2015.

  • For complete scholarship details, and scholarship application, click HERE

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SPRING 2015 HARD ROCK CAFE/HARD ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: I-Fan Chiu

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The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe/Hard Rock Guitar Scholarship has been awarded to MI Guitar Program student: I-Fan Chiu. The Taiwan native enters Musicians Institute with several years of experience playing and performing in the Rock genre.

Everyone at MI welcomes I-Fan to the Guitar Program at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like I-Fan with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the great philanthropic work of the Hard Rock click HERE.

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SPRING 2015 D’ADDARIO GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Janvi Anand

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Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with Janvi Anand

Talented guitarist Janvi Anand has been named as winner of the spring 2015 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship. Coming to Musicians Institute from New Delhi, India, she possesses an array of guitar playing skills with a focus on popular music styles.

Janvi decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program because “MI seems to be a great package full of resources and opportunities. I would really want to grab them all. MI gives me the options and the flexibility to learn anything and everything required to be a good contemporary musician.”

She sees her education as an important key to achieving her career goals.  She shared “I wish to be an independent artist. I have tried to work on being a multi instrumentalist and have been working much on my vocals and songwriting to help form a complete package. Who doesn’t want to make it big as an artist? Also, I run a small music school back home. I wish to take it to greater heights and improve the quality of music education.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Janvi to the Guitar Program at MI, and congratulates her on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, D’Addario Strings and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Janvi with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the full line of D’Addario Products click here: http://www.daddario.com

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SPRING 2015 EVANS DRUM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Avinash Ramachandra

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Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean with Avinash Ramachandra

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Avinash Ramachandra, progressive metal  drummer from Bangalore, India has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for spring 2015.

Avinash will focus on “learning how to play  different forms of music and most importantly be a literate musician which is going to help me be a very versatile drummer” during his studies at MI. 

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Avinash acknowledged that he chose to study at MI because “of the quality of insanely talented teachers and most importantly; MI is in the heart of the music industry, this is where everything goes down…what better place to be!?”

His future professional goals are “to play for bands, go on tour and travel the world.  I want to record my own music and put out albums, and share my knowledge by teaching music in the future.

Everyone at MI congratulates Avinash on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Avinash with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 

Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.

To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.

 

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